The Calm Before the Drama Storm

After nine hours of intense rehearsal yesterday for my latest musical, I’m taking a “calm” day at my chosen seasside resort and letting my mind do a little creative writing before the big show starts this week.

Tomorrow we’ll do our bump-in at Penang’s performing arts centre, and then try to accomplish all that needs to happen before our dress rehearsal tomorrow evening.

But in the meantime, I’m more about this:

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Nothing like some cold drinks next to the ocean to let your mind get away from the busyness of life. And here is where I get to create.

Here’s what I’m working on. I started a play a month or so ago which I’m planning on producing in the spring of 2016. It’s a play I call “Censored” because I don’t want to give away the title yet, but I was inspired to write it after watching the film “Into the Woods.” That should give you some stylistic ideas at least.

It is a fable-type story – possibly even an allegory – still working  on it! But  it has some interesting characters – a father trying to marry off his naughty daughters, a blind beggar who seems to be the soul of the village, a princess and her suitor, of course – need to have a romantic aspect. A poor mother who bakes bread, and a witch and driveling villain.

But I still haven’t talked about the main character whom I will at this time keep anonymous.

As you may know, I write and produce drama for the school where I teach. I’ve been doing it for 8 years. These lasts two years were musicals which I love, but they are SO much work. After two massive musicals in a row, I made a conscious decision to back off a little and do a type of drama which I haven’t done before. That’s what I working on. It’s going to be funny and poignant because that’s how I roll!

So on this relaxing, super warm and wonderfully breezy afternoon, I’m delighted to have this time to get creative before all the work of our musical production starts in the morning.

I love living here!


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